They say the biggest fear most people have is the fear of public speaking. I can relate to that fear but I’m not sure public speaking is the biggest fear people really have.
The real fear is not hitting the goals they set.
Public speaking is an easy fear to gravitate to. It’s an obvious fear. I mean, who isn’t scared of getting up in front of a crowd of people and sharing their message? I know I’m scared to death to do it.
But it’s not the greatest fear I have. Like many others, I fear failing to meet the goals I set.
The Purpose Of Goal Setting
With the fear of failing to meet goals, many people won’t even set goals. They figure “Why set a goal if I won’t accomplish it?” In theory, this line of thinking seems to make sense.
But accomplishing a goal isn’t the true purpose of setting a goal. The real purpose of goal setting is to get you a step or two closer than others are going.
You can’t get closer to where you want to be if you don’t have an idea of where you want to go. This requires setting goals and creating a plan to get there, even if you miss the mark.
That’s the purpose of goal setting. To move yourself forward. To create positive momentum. To take action.
Stop Worrying About Hitting Your Goal
You now know the real purpose of goal setting. It’s to advance yourself from the position you’re at to a new position. To create forward motion.
That’s the whole point and I hope you’re getting this.
Whenever I think about goals, I think of my circle of influence. Guys like Kimanzi Constable.
Kimanzi has tried many things and failed in doing so. He created an online course only to have one person sign up. He also had a book that failed to sell.
Then there’s Dan Miller. He constantly sets goals he feels only has a 50/50 chance of succeeding. He doesn’t care if he fails, he cares if he moves forward.
Can you become like Kimanzi and Dan? Can you give up worrying about hitting your goals and, instead, trying something new and seeing where you end up?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzsky
Don’t let your fear of failing to meet your goals stop you from setting goals. Doing so will only keep you in the same spot you’re in now.
Taking the steps to create goals and move towards them, even if you fail to hit your goal, will put you in a position you wouldn’t have been in before.
Make the choice today to take set goals. Decide you will accept failure. Begin to move in the direction you desire.
Even if you fail to hit your goal, you’ll still move forward!
Question: Are you willing to accept the fact you may not meet all your goals? How can this help you in your leadership? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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